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American Hikers Released

By on 9.21.11 | 12:07PM

Well, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal didn't join Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his flight to New York but the two American hikers who were held in captivity in Iran for more than two years have finally been released. They are expected to land in Oman before returning to the U.S.

Bauer and Fattal were arrested in July 2009 along with Sarah Shourd when they were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan and inadvertently crossed into Iranian territory along an unmarked border. The Iranians alleged they were spies. Shourd was released a year ago but Bauer and Fattal were convicted of espionage in an Iranian court last month. However, they were set free on a million dollars bail.

While I am glad they have been released let's make no mistake. They were hostages and their bail was nothing more than ransom and I wish the Obama Administration would have said so. Perhaps they would not have been held in captivity for so long.

Their release was also timed to coincide with Ahmadinejad's visit to this country. Why we allow a sworn enemy of the United States on our soil I cannot fathom. But that's whole other discussion.

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